Rain, bulls, horse sales, women’s ranch rodeo, reining,wagon train, geld your colts
I’ve sure enjoyed this cooler weather. We even got a half inch of soaking rain last week! It was wonderful. It’s not going to green things up without a little more help, but at least it softened the grass so it isn’t getting walked off by the cows.
The Shippy Ranch Bull Riding and Midwest Bucking Bull Association Finals will be Friday, Sept. 2 at Colome, S.D. Top bucking bulls will compete for over $50,000 in prize money and year end awards. The Yearling and two year old futurity start at 10 a.m., with the bull riding classic/maturity at 6 p.m. Bull riders will compete for over $4,000. There will be a calcutta on Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at the Frontier Bar, Colome. For more information and directions to the arena, call 605-842-5089 or check out the website at http://www.mbbabulls.com.
The Lopez-Meyer-Lauing Horse Sale will be Sept. 3 at 1:30 at Faith Livestock, Faith, S.D. You can still get a catalog by calling Karen Meyer at 605-466-2456 or Doris Lauing at 605-347-6193.
A new event is coming to the area! The Black Hills Women’s Ranch Rodeo will be Friday, Sept. 9, at Newell, S.D. It will start at noon with branding, sorting, doctoring, tiedown/mugging, and trailer loading events. There’s a remote chance there might be one slot left, so if you have a team, call Meagan Krueger at 402-389-0983 to enter. For general info, call Amanda Karrels at 605-480-2105. It is a Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association approved event too!
September 11 is the date for the Cowboy States Reining Horse Association Fun Day at the Sheridan College Arena, Sheridan, Wyo. There are classes for all levels, plus youth and “short stirrup” classes. I also see a “green as grass” class for horses and people. You can check it all out at http://www.cowboystatesreiners.com or on their Facebook page, where you can also find an entry form.
The Dakota Western Heritage Festival Wagon Train and Trail ride will be pulling out of Ft. Pierre, S.D. on Sept. 16, 9 a.m., for a day trip led by Willy Cowan in the rugged hills west of Ft. Pierre. Late in the afternoon they will return to the Stanley County Fairgrounds for a steak feed, campfire music featuring Trinity Seely, western poetry and storytelling. It all sounds like a great time! For more information on that call 605-223-7690.
Gordon Livestock, Gordon, Neb. will host their Fall Catalog Horse Sale Sept. 17. Call Link Thompson, head honcho of all things horse related, at 308-282-9998 for information and a catalog. They sell some pretty nice horses through that sale every year so would sure be worth a look.
The 2016 All Nations Indian Relay Championship races will be Sept. 22-25 and the Metra Park in Billings, Mont. There will be 30 teams from 15 Indian nations competing in this incredible horse racing weekend. There was a huge crowd there last year with more expected this year, so get your tickets early or you may not get in to see it.
Professional Indian Relay Racing will also be coming to Rapid City, S.D. on Oct. 7-9 in conjunction with the Black Hills Powwow. PIHRA has joined forces with Black Hills Speedway to bring the original high speed horsepower sport to the region! I’ll give you more information as it becomes available. You can bet I will be there watching!
Badlands Broncs and Bulls Roughstock Series Finals will be Oct. 15 at the James Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. The top 10 from the series will be competing for $5,000 in each event, which are barebacks, saddle broncs and bulls.
It’s getting close to the time that you can get those stud colts gelded while they’re still nursing mama. As soon as there’s a frost and the flies let up, your vet can geld the little guys and they can go back on the mare for a couple of weeks before weaning. They don’t act like a thing happened to them this way and you can also brand them while you have them off in lalaland. We’ve done it that way for years and never had a problem.
Well, I think I’ll call it a circle for the week. I hope to see you at some of these great events and have a chance to chat! Have a good week.
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